Top 5 Hardwood Flooring Installation Patterns

Deciding on a hardwood floor installation pattern is a very important step in a renovation project. Not only will your pattern of choice shape the look of your floor, it will also impact furniture placement, and the general flow of your space. Although they use the same material, the top hardwood floor installation patterns have very different looks. Check out below to learn more about different hardwood floor installation patterns:

Straight Pattern

The most commonly used installation pattern is straight. To achieve this pattern, hardwood flooring boards are installed parallel to each other along with the length or width of a room. This pattern is used to create simple and contemporary designs, enhancing the original look of the hardwood floor. Being the most straightforward pattern to install, it’s also the least expensive. Other patterns are more costly because they use extra wood and can take longer to install.

Random Pattern

Random pattern installations offer a straight-forward, parallel design, but involve a mixture of boards with different widths. This hardwood flooring pattern allows you to choose the ratio of wide and narrow boards, which lends to a more customized look. Also, this pattern will give your space a more rustic aesthetic, with added movement and an energetic feel.

Diagonal Pattern

This pattern will add a formal touch of luxury to your space without drifting away from a traditional straight installation of a hardwood floor. Flooring boards are installed parallel to each other but laid at a 45 degree angle to the walls.

Parquet Pattern

Parquet installation is the laying of wood flooring planks in a repeated geometric pattern. This pattern results in a hardwood floor with the appearance of a checkerboard, sometimes with more complex patterns within each checkerboard square. Additionally, the variety in patterns is practically limitless. The parquet patterns gives a very distinct and sophisticated look to a room. Traditional parquet installation is expensive and rare. It has now been replaced with prefabricated square modules with parquet patterns laid out in a wood veneer.

Herringbone pattern

In a herringbone pattern, the hardwood floor strips are laid in a diagonal zigzag plan that looks like twilled fabric. This pattern can be laid out in the traditional manner or with square modules, like the parquet design.

Finishing Touches

Hardwood floor installation patterns are often completed or furnished with moldings and other decorative touches like mosaic medallions. These furnishings can be made of wood, natural stone, or alternative materials like glass and metal tiles. These types of finishing touches will frame your room, separating it from adjacent spaces and adding formality to it. Furthermore, inlays like mosaics add custom individuality to a room.

What type of hardwood installation pattern do you like best?

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